US-based marine services provider Crowley Shipping has formed a new division that will focus on supporting emerging energy sectors in the US and nearby regions
The New Energy division of the company will concentrate on offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Crowley said the new division will build on the company’s 53-year history of supporting the offshore oil and gas industry with US-flag vessels, engineering and logistics services.
Crowley chairman and chief executive Tom Crowley said, “We have a strong company culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. The new division captures our commitment to those principles while delivering innovative solutions that will help customers in emerging sectors.”
The company said it expects its expansion into the offshore wind industry to take the form of a ‘total lifecycle service provider,’ with tailored solutions in support of projects.
These solutions will include transportation of turbines; designs for industry-specific support vessels; terminal services; and supply chain services from construction through decommissioning.
Crowley new energy division vice president Jeff Andreini said, “We have engineered solutions to assist our industry partners in the installation of windfarms and once a project is complete, wind power companies can continue to turn to Crowley for operations and maintenance and help managing terminal and vessel activity.
“Wind power companies entering the US market have big needs, including infrastructure and supply chain just for starters. Crowley can provide a turnkey supply chain solution.”
Crowley has provided LNG distribution services since 2013, when it acquired Carib Energy, the first company to receive a small-scale LNG export licence from the US Department of Energy for LNG transportation from the US into Free Trade Agreement countries.
Since that time, Crowley has expanded its LNG services to include not only sourcing and distribution services for industrial and commercial customers, but microgrid solutions, engineering services and vessel fuel bunkering services. This expertise includes fuelling its own LNG-powered combination container/roro vessels, which operate weekly in the US mainland-to-Puerto Rico liner cargo trade.
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